Vikings WR Aundrae Allison has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the Vikings 42-10 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
In the game, Allison returned three kickoffs for 143 yards (47.7 avg.), including a teamrecord 103-yard return for a touchdown that ranks as the longest play in Vikings history. Allison also set a new team record with his third kickoff return of 60+ yards in a single season.
“This honor says a lot about our special teams,” Allison said. “I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity and seize the moment. It was a well-designed scheme and everyone held their blocks. We have a lot of pride in our return unit and we wanted to make a big play.”
Allison is the first Viking to win the award since Ryan Longwell against Carolina in 2006 and only the second Vikings player to earn the award as a return man, joining Moe Williams in 1999. Fellow 2007 Vikings rookie classmate Adrian Peterson has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season.
Allison was selected by the Vikings in the 5th round (146th overall) of the 2007 NFL draft out of East Carolina University where he was a two-time All-Conference USA selection. He also ranks 2nd all-time in Pirates history with 145 career receptions and 3rd all-time with 1,732 career receiving yards in only two seasons at East Carolina.
Longest Kickoff Return in Vikings History
1. Aundrae Allison, vs. Detroit, 12/2/07 ……….. 103t
2. Lance Rentzel, vs. Baltimore, 11/14/65 ……….. 101t
3. Eddie Payton, vs. Oakland, 9/14/81 …………… 99t
Longest Play In Vikings History
1. Aundrae Allison, vs. Detroit, 12/2/07 …………103t (kickoff return)
2. Lance Rentzel, vs. Baltimore, 11/14/65 ……….. 101t (kickoff return)
3. Eddie Payton, vs. Oakland, 9/14/81 …………… 99t (kickoff return)
4. Charlie West, vs. Washington, 11/3/68 ……….. 98t (punt return)
5. Reggie Rutland, vs. L.A. Rams, 12/15/91 …….. 97t (INT return)
Vikings Kickoff Returns of 35+ Yards – 2007
103t Aundrae Allison vs. Detroit (12/2)
62 Aundrae Allison vs. San Diego (11/4)
60 Aundrae Allison at Detroit (9/16)
54 Troy Williamson at Detroit (9/16)
53 Adrian Peterson at Chicago (10/14)
51 Adrian Peterson vs. Green Bay (9/30)